Boxing doesn’t operate with the sanctity of other sports, so not only is Floyd Mayweather Jr. allowed to bet on himself, he’s permitted to say he’s prepared to place the largest wager he’s ever made on himself.
“You guys will see the betting ticket, don’t worry,” Mayweather told The Times in anticipation of his Saturday night bout at T-Mobile Arena.
If he were to place the bet Thursday morning, Mayweather, as a minus-600 favorite to defeat UFC champion Conor McGregor, could wager $600 to win $100.
If Saturday night unfolds as expected, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will have his arm raised in a boxing ring for the 50th time.
In the stands at T-Mobile Arena and in front of television sets around the world, fans will experience a familiar range of emotions as they realize how they were deceived — or, more precisely, how they deceived themselves.
Two of the most dominant boxers in the world are set to square off on September 16 – Canelo Alvarez, the young superstar and pride of Mexican boxing, against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, the current unified middleweight world champion who hails from Kazakhstan. The fight, two years in the making, promises to be one of the most important matches in boxing’s history, with fans and followers expecting the hype of Mayweather-Pacquiao but with explosive results to back it up.
Covering the whole story is Lance Pugmire, award-winning boxing writer for The Los Angeles Times. Pound for Pound with Lance Pugmirewill follow Pugmire, Canelo, and GGG in the run up to Sept. 16 – from the pre-fight media coverage, to exclusive interviews, training, the weigh-in and the post-fight madness. This series will be shot with a true behind-the-scenes feel. With access only The Los Angeles Times can provide, Pound for Pound promises to bring fight fans from around the world an inside look at the making of one of the biggest boxing matches ever, in real time, as it unfolds.
Lance Pugmire takes us behind the scenes to see how the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight on Sept. 16 finally came to fruition.
UFC President Dana White further escalated his long-standing rivalry with veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum on Tuesday, calling him “senile," and tossing in a few expletives.
White was upset by comments from Arum published Sunday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In the story, Arum criticized the quality of Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor boxing match and compared it to the idea of NBA great LeBron James stepping into the boxing ring against heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua.
“You’re going to interview Bob Arum?” White responded, throwing in a few expletives. “This is our hometown paper, and then all the interviews are with Bob Arum. And this guy, this senile ... quote comparing LeBron James to Conor? Conor McGregor is a fighter. He can fight. Stuff like that bums me out when I’m reading that.”